Adequate and proper representation from lawmakers is one of the greatest gift which can be given to the people, the Nigerian Socio-political scene is one which has been corrupted with the emergence of numerous political figures who exploit the people, violating their trust as they seek political power, only for them to of ignore the basic needs of the people when they eventually acquire the seat of power.
Proper representation in our contemporary political settings require that political office holders live true to their promises, that’s manifestoes when they were canvassing for votes from the electorate.
Thus when we come across certain and unique individuals within our political class stands true to their promises, treating their people to the best of administration and representation, one which is built on servitude and honesty, it is pertinent that we appreciate and give them the accolades, commending them for their selfless acts.
Senator Tolu Odebiyi, the Federal lawmaker representing Ogun West Senatorial district (Yewaland) is one of those very few Lawmakers who we must commend for their selfless acts and dedication towards ensuring good and solid representation of his people. One who by all means can be truly called a true Omoluabi.
While he has added immense values to his people since assumption into office, his recent strides has earned him more respect and accolades as he has in relentlessly continued to marshal his resources for the good of the people.
Most recently during the month of December, He has in various capacities pushed for the good of his people in the Senate. Pushing forth his bid to ensure that the members of his constituency are well empowered even at this critical time when there is a harsh economic realities, Senator Tolu Odebiyi gave his people much to smile about.
Hundreds of youths and women drawn from across the (5) five Local Government Areas of Ogun West Senatorial District, benefited from this various empowerment materials which was solely facilitated by Hon.Tolu Odebiyi to enhance their social and economic situation.
Empowerment Items distributed included several- 2.5 KVA capacity generators, Grain Grinding Machines, Sewing Machines, Hair Clippers, Hair Dryers, Camping Gas, Mobile Phones as well as many Industrial Fans
Adding to this, the Senator was one of the few very vocal figure who gave his voice to urging the federal government of Nigeria on the need to re-open the closed border of the nation
The Senator who is a serious advocate of border management reform and a sponsor of a Bill to establish the Nigeria Institute for Border Studies, Imeko, Ogun State said, the border closure has not really reformed our borders as initially envisaged.
The Senator from Ogun West notes that, the current border enforcement policies have increased infringement on due process rights and caused unnecessary crisis in communities, leaving people around the border areas feeling frustrated and disempowered.
Sen. Odebiyi has always called for a more strategic, modern and technologically driven border control measures, even before the closure of the borders by the Federal Government in August last year.
The Senator further said, that genuine businesses along the border areas are really suffering as a result of the stringent border closure and hopes the new plan of the Federal Government to reopen the land borders will lessen economic downturn that the nation is grappling with today.
Adding to this, he has continued to lead a vocal and functional stay in the Senate as he has prominently pushed for several bills in the Senate. Recent among these bills is the new bill which is jointly sponsored by Adeola and Senator Tolu Odebiyi. This new bill is to see to it that the Ilaro Federal Polytechnic is upgraded to the level of a University. This bill has enjoyed tremendous support in the house as it has been approved for committee evaluation in the house.
Other bills pushed by Senator Tolu Odebiyi are, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Aiyetoro Bill, 2020 (SB. 481) by Senator Tolu Odebiyi, which was first read at the floor of the Senate on the 8th December, 2020 ; Improving Water Supply In Communities: The Newly Built Hand Pump Boreholes Facilitated By Distinguished Sen. Tolu Odebiyi Will Address The Perennial Water Shortage Bedeviling The Communities. Supervising Agency Is Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA)
Senator Tolu Odebiyi has continued to prove himself worthy of his office by adequately ensuring that his people are not left out of the benefits that comes with a good democratic process. While this cannot be said of past representatives in the Constituency, he has shown himself to be a different breed of politician, one who is solely committed and dedicated to the continual development of his people.
Adeniyi Bankole is a public affairs analyst and writes from Lagos.